Mike Knuble was the only player, aside from Dennis Wideman, not on the ice for Capitals’ practice at KCI before the team's flight to New York on Tuesday afternoon. After the workout, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Knuble took a “maintenance day” and that he expected the alternate captain to play in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Maintenance days aren’t uncommon for Knuble, who is 38 years old and the oldest player on the Capitals’ roster, but aside from when he suffered a broken jaw in November, the veteran right wing has rarely, if ever, missed two consecutive practice days.
Replay footage from Game 3 late in the third period showed Knuble taking off his right glove to examine his hand after scoring a goal to tie the score at 2. Just a few seconds before the goal was tallied on the same shift, Mike Green took a shot from the point on the power play that may have struck Knuble’s hand.
Here’s the replay of the goal from NHL.com: